For only the second time in his 13 seasons with the Tigers, Head Coach Dan Kilbert and Reedley College has defeated the Fresno City College Rams.
With sophomore guard Jelani Williford exploding for a career high 29 points, Reedley broke a two-game losing streak with an 84-79 victory over FCC on Jan. 26 in the Tiger gym.
The win moved Reedley (3-2, 11-9) into a tie with Fresno (3-2, 15-7) for third place in the Central Valley Conference behind Merced and College of the Sequoias.
The second round of CVC action begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, as the Lady Tigers host the West Hills Lemoore Golden Eagles. Reedley traveled to Porterville for a Jan. 30 contest.
Due to injuries, Reedley had only seven players in action against FCC. All five starters scored nine points or more. I’man Conley missed her first four shots but still finished with 20. Williford nearly matched her season high of 17 by netting 12 of Reedley’s 21 first quarter points. Chloe Welch had 14 of her 16 points in the first half. Xavia Barlow had six of her 10 points in the third quarter while Stephanie Cervantes made three 3-pointers and finished with 9.
On Jan. 23, first place Merced College rolled to a 90-47 victory in the Tiger gym.
Sophomores guard Ayaka Nakashima’s 28 points paced the Blue Devils, ranked second in Northern California and third in the state.
Conley had eight of her team high 18 points in the first quarter but was held scoreless in the second period as Merced outscored Reedley 23-6 to open up a 49-19 halftime lead. Barlow had seven of her 12 points in the fourth quarter for Reedley.
Cold spell dooms Tigers
A long cold spell late in the first half on Jan. 26 spoiled any thoughts of a Reedley College upset of powerful Fresno City College.
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